Law and Legal Studies Minor

The minor in law and legal studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts approach to the study of law. This is an academic program, not a professional training program, emphasizing the political, social, cultural, and philosophical foundations and impacts of law and legal systems. It is designed for pre-law students and also for a broad array of students from across the PSU campus who are interested in the relationship of law to politics, society, and culture. While the core courses concentrate on American law and the American legal system, the electives allow students to focus on aspects of law related to areas such as international law, comparative law, and philosophy.


Lower Division Requirements

PS 101 United Stated Government
PS 221 Introduction to Law and Legal Studies

Upper Division Requirements

PS 421 The Supreme Court and American Politics

Electives (16 credits)

Political Science options (minimum 8 credits)

PS 422 Constitutional Law
PS 423 Civil Liberties
PS 424 Law, Politics, and Society
PS 425/WS 424 Women and the Law
PS 428 The Politics of Law and Order
PS 448 International Law
PS 449 International Environmental Politics and Law
PS 483 Justice in the Modern World

Non-Political Science options (maximum 8 credits)

CCJ 310 American Courts
CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Legal Reasoning
PHL 311U The Morality of Punishment
PHL 333U Philosophy of Law
HST 446 Civil Rights and the Law: The History of Equal Protection
HST 447 U.S. Constitutional History: Foundations
HST 448 U.S. Constitution: Nineteenth Century
HST 449 U.S. Constitution: Twentieth Century
Electives approved by Law and Legal Studies advisor (max 8 credits)

Total Credit Hours: 28